Grateful Dead Live at Southern Star Amphitheater on 1985-08-30
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Subject: Wonderful Show; Amazing Recording
There are standout versions of 4 songs in this show. Row Jimmy, Birdsong, Sugar Mag, and Morning Dew
The C.C. Rider is also quite good.
Yeah, I had good seats too, albeit in front of Phil, but Jerry didn't look bad to me and I never saw him lean on anything either.
Regarding the first set, he sure seemed on top of his game for Row Jimmy and Birdsong--these are two of my favorite versions of those songs. C.C. Rider is very good too. People that like Looks Like Rain seem to like this version.
I don't recall Jerry looking ill or anything in the second set. My recollection is that the second set was a bit on the unexceptional side for the most part, but that they got it working much better for Morning Dew and most especially for Sugar Magnolia.
Although I don't think the second set quite reached the height they did the first set in Row Jimmy and Birdsong, there certainly wasn't anything wrong with Morning Dew and Sugar Magnolia -- two very, very solid versions.
I do recall hearing about the show about a week earlier -- at a ski resort at high altitude. Recall hearing it was one of their few true stinker shows. Don't know if it was the altitude or what. Or maybe he was sick with a cold, sinus infection, or something through this stretch. This show (8/30/85) was one of the shorter shows I ever saw-- actually it was the shortest by quite a bit.
But, Houston in the summer is really hot and really humid. I'd have been slapping whoever booked an outside show in the summer in Houston, although I found it to be a delightful venue.
Plus, the "your ticket gets you into Astroworld free" part was great. I had friends come from out of town and we had a great time. There were a lot of shell-shocked parents and grandparents with little kids. Probably the only day Astroworld ever had where at times a majority of the people waiting in line for a ride were doing one-hitters. We were cracking up -- "have a feeling they aren't going to be trying this again in the future . . . " Oh well, I know their beer garden made a mint on us alone.
But looked as fine as Jerry ever looked
Subject: First show - first comment
Subject: Things aren;t always what they seem
period; he probably would have been accepted at
any mortuary without a second's thought. The
numerous comments about the eerie green cast
of his skin in the 84-85 period are no exaggeration.
Yet, in contrast to the quality of his playing
during later periods when ill-health and addiction severely affected him, he was often
in top form creatively and technically during
We can't judge the book by its cover. Erase
his ghoulish and swollen image from your mind
and re-consider this show on its musical merits
exclusively. Suddenly, it's a competent and
enjoyable effort,a little light on the Jerry
but a real whizzer for Boy Wonder Bob.
Four stars and a big thumbs up for recording
Subject: Fun at Wallyworld
Subject: yup, as others
Subject: Great Show,
It had rained all day and was at least 100 degrees that night, so the humidity was close to 100%. Everyone and everything was dripping, which made it all the more surreal. the Full moon was rising as the Dead opened with an inspired Jack Straw>Row Jimmy, the Bird song is unique as well with bird chirping throughout. The second set, while well played was a tad short, due to the humidity and heat I think, and it was disappointing to see the band go into drums after Samson& delilah. However, after drums is totally inspired. Jerry starts Wheel, but phil seems to jump in and overpowers with the Gimme some lovin intro,and a very strong version with a sweet Wheel >Other one, capped off by a truly great DEW, with a Sugar Mag encore. Although I personally believe that '81 - '82 were the best post Donna/Keith years, 85 is pretty damn good as well in this Deadhead's humble opinion. I loved this show!!!
Subject: Jazzman's got it
Subject: I would love
ps Row Jimmy is pretty nice.
Subject: Hey Man!! WAKE UP!!!!
Subject: Is it morning yet? I am sleeping. Dont bother me...
Craig in Sf
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